Monday, September 28, 2009

Capitol Lions on Ebay!

What would you pay for a piece of Utah state Capitol history?

Beginning Monday, the original concrete lions from the Capitol will be placed for auction on eBay. The auction will end Oct. 8.
The lions, created in 1915 by sculptor Gavin Jack, were prominent fixtures on Capitol Hill until 2004, when the restoration of the Capitol began.
The Capitol Preservation Board decided to replace the original lions with new ones made from a longer-lasting material.
"The original lions were made of concrete, which is a material that weathers poorly and requires a high amount of maintenance. The new lions, sculpted by master stone carver Nick Fairplay, are made from a high-quality marble, which will endure for generations to come," said David Hart, preservation board executive director.
Several organizations have approached the board about buying the old lions. To give equal opportunity to all interested parties, the board opted to put them up for public auction.
For more information, call 801.537.9156

Summer Interns Pic's

Thank you Janet Brown and Debbie Smith for sending us more pictures of our summre Interns at work!! We have enjoyed their work and loved getting to know them!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lost and Found located in the Capitol Preservation Board

Capitol Hill's Lost and Found is located in the offices of the
Capitol Preservation Board
120 State Capitol

If You've Lost Something:
Leave your name, phone number, email address, and a full discription of the missing object.

If You've Found Something:
Leave a full discription of where you found the object.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Join Utah State Capitol as a FAN on Facebook!

The Utah State Capitol "friend" page on facebook will be deleted this week.
Join us as a FAN instead by clicking the logo below!

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Sincere Thanks!

Allyson Gamble and the Capitol Preservation Board Interns would like to show their appreciation for the friendly help and support they all have received from their wonderful Job Coaches at the Workforce Services!!
Thank you Janet Brown and Debbie Smith for your personal friendship and dedication to each and everyone of us! We couldn't have had such a positive experience without both of you!
In the words of one of our Interns, "You are the best Job Coaches ever!!"

Governors: Olene Smith Walker

Olene Smith Walker was born in Ogden, Utah. She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Brigham Young University, Stanford University, and University of Utah, respectively. From 1969 to 1992, Walker served as vice president of Country Crisp Foods, a family business.

Before entering politics, Walker founded the Salt Lake Education Foundation and served as its director. She also served as director of the Utah Division of Community Development. Walker was a representative in the state Legislature for eight years and served a term as majority whip. She was Utah’s first woman to be lieutenant governor and spearheaded many important initiatives including education programs, healthcare reform and workforce development. She led the Healthcare Reform Task Force that established the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), ensuring affordable healthcare for Utah’s children.

When Governor Leavitt resigned to serve as Administrator of the EPA, Walker became the first woman in Utah to be governor. During her term as governor, Walker was committed to funding education, providing affordable housing, and supporting literacy programs.


William “Bill” Ferrin Whitaker, Jr. (1943– ), son of painter William Whitaker, Sr., grew up surrounded by art. He earned his degree from the University of Utah and later taught at Brigham Young University. Whitaker studied under the famous Utah artist Alvin Gittins and is known for his beautiful portraits of Mormon church officials and other prominent people. He also painted Governor Leavitt’s portrait.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Governors: Michael Okerlund Leavitt

Michael Okerlund Leavitt was born in Cedar City, Utah in 1951. He graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in business and economics. Leavitt joined the Leavitt Group, a regional insurance organization founded by his father, and later became president and chief executive officer of the company. Leavitt also served as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents.

Leavitt won the 1992 election for governor with running mate Olene Walker, who became the first woman to serve as Utah’s Lieutenant Governor. During Leavitt’s administration, independent public policy analysts ranked Utah among the best-managed states in the nation. Also during Leavitt’s administration, the state experienced its longest sustained economic expansion in its history. Governor Leavitt made education a priority during his three terms in office and saw education become the highest funding priority of the state government during his 11-year tenure.

In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Governor Leavitt to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leavitt accepted the position and resigned as governor in November 2003. In January 2005, Leavitt was nominated and confirmed as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.


William “Bill” Ferrin Whitaker, Jr. (1943– ), son of painter William Whitaker, Sr., grew up surrounded by art. He earned his degree from the University of Utah and later taught at Brigham Young University. Whitaker studied under the famous Utah artist Alvin Gittins and is known for his beautiful portraits of Mormon church officials and other prominent people. He also painted Governor Walker’s portrait.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Governors: Norman Howard Bangerter

Norman Howard Bangerter was born in 1933 in rural Salt Lake County. For 50 years, with the exception of his college and army days, he lived less than ten blocks from the farmhouse where he was born. He attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University before serving in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953–54.

Bangerter began his career as a contractor and over the years became a successful home builder and real estate developer. He entered politics in 1974 after winning a seat in the Utah House of Representatives. His leadership skills helped him become the first Speaker of the House to serve two terms in over 40 years. He became governor in 1984—the state’s first Republican Governor in 20 years. Bangerter outlined his administration’s top priorities, which he called the “Three Es”—education, economic development, and efficiency in government. A fourth “E”, for environment, was added a few years later.

Facing economic difficulties, Bangerter campaigned aggressively to rebuild the state’s economy and successfully recruited new businesses and industries to the state. By his second term, Utah’s economy was growing even during a national recession. During his eight years in office, Bangerter oversaw the establishment of the State Court of Appeals, increased funding and higher test scores for Utah schools, the construction of a performing arts building at the University of Utah and new facilities at the state prison.


E. Keith Eddington (1923–2007) was born in Philadelphia and raised in Lehi, Utah. He served in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. Eddington studied art at the University of Utah and was the student of famous artists Arnold Friberg and Alvin Gittins. He later joined the faculty at the University of Utah where he taught for 20 years. During his successful career, he also taught at Brigham Young University and was the head of Keith Eddington and Associates, a highly respected graphic design firm in Salt Lake City. During his retirement, he continued to paint portraits.

Legislative Parking today.

Please be aware that we have Interim parking today.
Interim days are usually the third Tuesday and Wednesday of the month.

Interim parking includes all of reserved Plaza parking underground, all of the west lot of the campus and the posted areas in the upper surface lots.

Thanks for your understanding!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Some Movie Ideas

People have been responding to ideas on what movies we can play at next summer's Movie Under the Stars!!!
Some ideas include: Back to the Future, Toy Story, Nemo, Narnia, Singing In the Rain, Casablanca....and much much more!

Share you're input with us on our facebook fan page at

Governors: Scott Milne Matheson


Scott Milne Matheson was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929. During the early 1930s, his family moved to Parowan, Utah and then later moved to Salt Lake City. He attended East High School and then University of Utah before graduating from Stanford University Law School in 1952. Matheson practiced law in Cedar City for several years and then moved to Salt Lake City to work as the deputy attorney for Salt Lake County. He then worked for the legal department of the Union Pacific Railroad.

An active member of the Democratic party since college, Matheson ran for governor in 1976 and won, making him one of the few Democrats to win that year. At his inauguration, Matheson declined the traditional military cannon salute to emphasize his inaugural address, which stressed the need to use Utah’s resources wisely and to protect the environment.

Matheson faced many challenges during his two terms as governor: devastating drought, increasing population, growing inflation, spiraling Medicaid costs, and fast-growing enrollment in schools. Matheson successfully protested the location of an MX missile system in Utah and the transfer of nerve gas bombs to the state. Because environmental issues were important to Matheson, he opposed nuclear waster dumps in Utah. Three-thousand acres of the Deep Creek Mountains is named Scott’s Basin in honor of Matheson’s conservation efforts. Matheson had the foresight to see that computer technology would play an important role in the future and requested funds for the state to own and manage its own data processing system.


Alvin L. Gittins (1922–1981), one of Utah’s finest painters, came from England to study art at Brigham Young University. He later taught for many years at the University of Utah. Gittins was Utah’s most dominant portrait painter and was noted for his ability to capture his subject’s personality, as well as likeness, and for his masterly traditional styles. He also painted Governor Rampton’s portrait.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Utah State Capitol makes #1 List

According to Matthew Blazon of Allenstown, New Hampshire, the Utah State Capitol building is in line as number one for his favorite Capitol.
After visiting all 50 of the United States Capitol buildings, Blazon and his family agree that the “capitol buildings in the western states are more modern compared with the historical East Coast.,”
They said that out of all of the different Capitols, Utah’s had the most elaborate murals and architecture.

Thank you Blazon family for visiting the Utah State Capitol!!

The Official Number

7,500 people is the official number of those who participated and attended in Capitol Discovery Day this last September 29th!

Thanks to all who participated!! It was a huge success!

Become a Utah State Capitol facebook Fan!!!

Within the next week, we will be deleting our Utah State Capitol “friends” page and will strictly be working through our Utah State Capitol “fan” page to gain more interaction!

If you aren’t already, we would like to encourage you to become of FAN of the Utah State Capitol to stay informed of fun events, free activities and important news happening throughout the state!
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Governors: Calvin Lewellyn Rampton


Born in 1913, Calvin Lewellyn Rampton was Utah’s third governor elected from Davis County. He attended the University of Utah and served in the Utah National Guard during World War II in Europe where he received a Bronze Star. Rampton’s early career was spent as the Davis County Attorney and the assistant attorney general for Utah. A lifelong Democrat, Rampton ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1954 and 1962. Although discouraged by these losses, he accepted his party’s nomination for governor and won that office in 1964.

Rampton asked the Legislature for increased spending for education, passage of three civil rights bills, and the right to use federal funds for urban renewal, and the Legislature responded favorably to a majority of his requests. The 1967 Legislature approved $117 million for higher education, more than Rampton had requested.

Rampton easily won re-election in 1968 and 1972 making him Utah’s first and only governor to serve three full terms. As governor, Rampton worked with business leaders and championed industrial development, tourism, development of energy resources and expansion of the defense industry in Utah. During his third term, he recommended ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He supported state building projects, including Salt Lake City’s Symphony Hall (now Abravanel Hall), the Salt Lake Arts Center, and numerous public schools.

Throughout his three terms in office, “Cal” Rampton remained a popular governor. The Calvin L. Rampton Complex, which houses the Utah Department of Transport and the Utah Department of Public Safety, as well as Cal Rampton Boardroom at the Capitol are named after him. After Rampton’s death in 2007, the Salt Palace Convention Center was renamed the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in his honor.


Alvin L. Gittins (1922–1981), one of Utah’s finest painters, came from England to study art at Brigham Young University. He later taught for many years at the University of Utah. Gittins was Utah’s most dominant portrait painter and was noted for his ability to capture his subject’s personality as well as likeness and for his masterly traditional styles. He also painted Governor Matheson’s portrait.

Movie Under the Stars Survey!!

What movie would you like to see featured during next summer’s Movie Under the Stars series at the Utah State Capitol?

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Governors: George Dewey Clyde


George Dewey Clyde was born in 1898 in Springville, Utah. He earned a master’s degree in civil engineering and taught classes at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University), that focused on hydraulic and fluid mechanics and irrigation methods. He was a successful researcher and published nearly 50 articles in engineering journals. Governor Blood appointed Clyde as the State Water Conservator in 1934, at the height of Utah’s worst drought.

As governor, Clyde emphasized strict economy in government and advocated for states’ water rights against the federal government. Utah saw some great changes during Clyde’s years as governor. He oversaw the construction of a multimillion-dollar interstate highway, the building of the University of Utah’s medical school, and the creation of Canyonlands National Park. He defended minority rights, opposing a “Sunday closing” bill, arguing that not all religions viewed Sunday as the Sabbath. He remained unfailingly dedicated to water projects in Utah during his two terms as governor.


Everett “Ev” Clark Thorpe (1904–1983) began his art career as a sports artist for The Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune. In Utah, he studied under LeConte Stewart and Calvin Fletcher. He also studied art at the Los Angeles County Art Institute, Syracuse University, and the Hans Hofmann School of Art in Massachusetts. Thorpe taught art at Utah State University for 40 years, and his work ranged from illustration to portraiture to mural projects. Thorpe painted Governor Clyde in his professional environment, standing in Utah’s arid southwest desert with plans for the Glen Canyon dam in hand.

God Bless America

Eight years after the September 11th attacks, America and it's people are still showing their reverence and respect for those lost.
The Capitol Preservation Board would like to take this time to remember all of those brave men and women who have, and are, defending our freedom today!
Thank you!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thank you Summer Interns!

The Capitol Preservation Board would like to give a special heartfelt thanks to the summer Interns who helped put on Capitol Discovery Day!
We couldn't have done it without them!!!

Governors: Joseph Bracken Lee

The Utah State Capitol’s first floor will see changes in the upcoming weeks with the addition of biography plaques in the Hall of Governors. A biography plaque will hang next to each portrait of our Utah’s governors. We will be posting an example of what will be on the plaque every day. Stay tuned to read about your favorite Governor!

Joseph Bracken Lee was born in Price, Utah in 1899. He served in the army during World War I and owned successful insurance businesses and real estate. He began his political career as the mayor of Price, an office he held for 12 years. After Lee made several unsuccessful bids for Congress and governor, he was elected governor in 1948.

Lee gained national attention for his battle against federal income tax and his ideas regarding reform in state government. He made deep cuts in many state agency budgets, despite Utah’s $9 million surplus in the budget. He reorganized the welfare, highway, and education departments and created a state motor pool. A controversial governor, Lee often stated his low opinion of teachers and school administrators, which eventually united the entire educational establishment against him. Despite having some political enemies, Lee’s popularity as governor remained intact enough for him to win a second term.

After losing a bid for a third term, running on the Independent ticket, Lee continued to run for other public offices including senator and mayor. In 1959 he became the mayor of Salt Lake City and served for 12 years. When he retired at age 73, Lee had served an impressive 32 years in elective office for the state of Utah.


C.J. Fox is a mystery to the Capitol Preservation Board. No records remain as to when Governor Lee’s portrait was painted or even what Fox’s first name was.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More Capitol Discovery Day pic's!!!

Visit our Picasa link below for more pictures on events held throughout Capitol Discovery Day last Saturday!

Thank you Utah's Own Companies

A special thanks to the Food Vendors who offered food samples for Capitol Discovery Day!

-Haya Zushi
-Dee's Cereal
-Grandpas Kitchen
-Kathys Krackers
-Lauries Buffalo Gourmet
-Tequenos Factory LLC

It was a Success!!!

With over 5,500 people in attendance, Capitol Discovery Day was a blast!!

Events opened at Noon in both the Rotunda and Capitol Grounds. Games, and hands-on activities, allowed children and adults the opportunity to experience and explore the Capitol throughout the day.
Live music played from Noon until 8 p.m. on a state-of-the-art stage provided by Cornerstone Production.
As the activities began to end, Utahans headed down to the Southwest lawn of the Capitol grounds to listen live to the Voodoo Orchestra and prepare for the last installment of Movie Under the Stars featuring Bedtime Stories!
Free Popcorn was provided by Dan’s Foods.
Free drinks provided by the Pepsi Bottling Company.